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chile's president has declared a state of catastrophe. the quake hit at 1:34 a.m. local time. the capital santiago shook for 90 long and terrifying seconds. buildings have collapsed. people have been seen running out of those buildings. at least 15 after shocks have been reported, some as strong as 6.9 in magnitude. we're told the airport in santiago is closed and will likely remain that way for the next 24 hours. all flights have been canceled until further notice. this earthquake was centered 200 miles southwest of santiago. the epicenter about 70 miles from concepcion. that's chile's second largest city. michelle kuzenski. michelle covered the earthquake in port-au-prince, haiti, for us last month. good morning to you. let's talk of building codes and the like in chile. as you've witnessed as well,
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we're looking at pictures of destruction. when you're talking about this kind of a magnitude quake, 8.8, one would presume buildings would be flattened, but that doesn't appear to be the case here. >> right. it is amazing to see the pictures from santiago, which, keep in mind, is quite a greater distance away from the epicenter than concepcion. most of the pictures seem to be coming out of the capital. we're seeing large buildings still standing. a lot of the damage, the pictures that we see are very limited. but much of the damage is being report in the the older buildings. doing research in the last couple of hours on chile, some scientists have called this country the most seismically active intense country in the world. and that in its 450-year history it's experienced 33 major destructive earthquakes. but you also learn that it's developed building codes and regulation for earthquake-safe
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buildings starting in the 1920s. that's pretty early, especially when you compare that to other countries around the world. they've been aware of the need for stronger buildings for decades because of how active seismically this place is. every time they've had a larger earthquake through the last several decades, they've improved their earthquake building codes. one scientist described its methods as particularly successful. that may be one reason that we're not seeing more damage than we're seeing now. that said, you have to say any time you have a disaster on a scale like this, whether an earthquake or a hurricane or even a major storm, sometimes you don't see the worst damage and the most intense pictures for several days and sometimes even weeks because when you have roads damaged, bridges down, there's nobody in those places and they tend to be the more poor areas where building standards are not as high. mountainside towns, where people don't have the technology to take pictures and then send them
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worldwide, and people can't get to those areas as easily to assess the damage. we should just say that. that's not to say this is not a much, much better outcome than the earthquake we saw in haiti just a month ago. the president has said that, yes, there are three regions that are now considered catastrophic areas or she called it a state of catastrophe for these three regions. we know the damage is extensive. but in the pictures we're seeing, yes, building, modern ones especially seem to be mostly intact. the damage that's being reported seems to be in the older ones, at least at this point of the assessment. >> you make a very good point. to compel what you were saying, the fact that there is little power in certain remote region, they say power outages are widespread there. that also compounds the ability to get those pictures and get information to what exactly is going on. we've seen a picture of a parking structure, michelle, that had nobody fortunately inside of it. of course, it happened at 3:34
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in the morning. most people presumably sleeping at that time. however, the 70 cars plus that were inside the parking garage had been flattened. that collapsed in on itself. but again loss of life none at that particular area. you mentioned the haiti quake. we should tell people that that quake 7.0, this one 8.8. to put that in perspective, this quake in chile released about 500 times more energy than the one in haiti on january 12th. one thing that has been omitted from this, michelle, is a tsunami watch, tsunami warning in different areas but they extend all the way across the pacific ocean at this point. there have been watches posted in the philippines. can you speak to that, the extent to which people are keeping their eye on the waves? >> people are definitely aware of it and they are preparing. we know that an advisory for a tsunami, which is different than a warning, has been issued for parts of the coast of california, too. so those messages are getting out there to people.
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we know that there have been evacuations already in easter island which is in the pacific. the pacific is basically a big bowl. if you have a major disturbance in one part of it, that wave and then the series of waves that follow extend out through the pacific. it's hard to imagine considering the vastness of that area, but water can be immensely destructive. that's what people are worried about, especially when these waves are moving quickly. it depends what's in your way, how deep the water is, all those factor. they can't really say with any definite ability based on the methods that we have now who could be most affected and how high that water will be. so japan was saying that they could expect a wave of possibly 10 sent ma meters within the next 24 hours. hawaii was expecting a wave maybe around 11:30 a.m. their time. but at this point, that's indefinite. we just don't know how severe the height of the water could be in these places, especially the
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most densely populated places. go ahead, alex. >> you brought up hawaii. i'm looking at a report here. this is the eva beach tsunami center. you mentioned a time that a wave would strike there. again, this is all approximated. we're told that tsunami warning sirens will be sounding in hawaii 6:00 a.m. local time. people that are asleep may be awakened by the sound of these tsunami siren warnings. you mentioned the advisories. i want to note that while we have these up to california's coast and beyond the coast of alaska from kodiak, alaska, to achu, alaska, it is not there along british columbia in terms of concern for vancouver and for all of us watching the olympics and know there's a densely populated area there. worries about a tsunami are not in effect for vancouver right now. i want to make sure people get a read on that. i'm sorry, michelle.
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i know i interrupted you. so go ahead. >> time has also been a factor in this. this was initially reported as happening in the middle of the night. 3:30 a.m. but the later information that's coming out, that's greenwich mean time, that's london time. it was reported at 1:30 a.m. eastern time. but that can't be correct. of all the hours that passed since the quake happened, i have yet to see a correct time of local time in chile. you can do the calculation, but i haven't had time to do so. i haven't really seen which time is the accurate one that this occurred. i'm sure that's on the u.s. geological survey's website. but one report said that it happened as people were leaving discos. this didn't necessarily happen when most people were sleeping, maybe it was a little earlier in the night. regardless, it happened while it was dark. and that's why it has taken some time to get pictures out. >> i'm really glad you bring
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that up. because that's been actually mind bending for me to try to fathom through it. because of all the time we're getting, it's a 3:34 a.m. hit, it's only 1:34 in the east coast. it has to be going back. it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. thank you to you, michelle kossenski. let's get to kerry sanders. you've been there to chile. do you know how much time it is behind us? i don't know why we're unable to get that detail clarified. is it two hours behind us here on the east coast, three hours. >> i believe it's two hours, but i know that there is also a daylight savings time aspect of this that i don't believe daylight savings time figures into life there. don't forget, we're south of the equator, so we're in a different, you know, it's winter here, summer there. so don't forget that as well. things are different. people leaving the nightclubs, south america likes to party late and sometimes into early in the morning. so that's all very -- i'm sorry,
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i haven't been focusing on ha. what i have been looking at is the whole tsunami question. the u.s. government, noaa, after banda aceh decided to step up the warning system. and there are 20 buoys out in the pacific, and they're known as the d.a.r.t. buoys, deep ocean assessment reporting of tsunamis. they float out there and transmit data. so when the buoys sense a rise in elevation because of a moving wave, that information is transmitted to satellites and brought into noaa headquarters, and they start doing some very rapid calculations to determine the size of the wave that's coming, the speed that it's moving at and whether that wave is gathering in terms of its height. they have these buoys put out in a variety of locations. so while we have reported that the tsunami warnings will be firing off 6:00 local time in
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hawaii, there will be perhaps some data from way out there in the middle of nowhere in the ocean before anything arrives so that people will have at least a better understanding of what is headed or is not headed their way. >> yeah. okay. on the heels of that, kerry, thank you very much for bringing that up. because joining me on the phone is vindal, you just heard kerry sanders talking. how much advance warning are people getting in terms of the size, magnitude. they know something may be headed their way, but how long to get specifics? >> yeah, we've got the earthquake located and magnitude determined within about ten minutes after the earthquake. in terms of the tsunami warning for this type of earthquake, we didn't wait. we issued the warning right
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away. >> you issued that warning. when do you know how high the waves are and what point they're going to hit and what the potential damage would be and if you need to move people from low lying areas? >> after we see the first water level data. and that one is i think about 40, 50 minutes up to the earthquake occurred. >> yeah. >> we measure about 2, 3 meters of wave at one coastal station. >> at that time, we issue a watch -- a watch for hawaii but a warning for the south american coastline. >> vindell, i want to ask you to stay with me as we tell people
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what we are looking at. this is concepcion. it was 22 miles. that was damage of a street that had clearly been broken apart by the magnitude of this quake. 8.8 on the u.s. geological survey registry there. back to you vindell. how concerned are you for places like hawaii and other places that will precede hawaii in the brunt of this wave? we're talking about easter island, the juan fernandez island also known as robinson caruso island. how much damage will we be seeing? >> those islands you mentioned, we have observed waves on those islands. easter island, i think we got -- i don't have the exact number with me right now, but we see a significant wave at the station there at easter island.
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and once we have this water level data, we put them into the computer model somewhere, and then from there we can predict what kind of wave we are expecting at, for example, the hawaiian islands. >> okay. vindell hsu from the pacific tsunami warning center. thank you for your incites. >> you're welcome. >> we'll stay here on this breaking news. lots of news on behalf of mother nature today. we'll have more on the deadly and extremely powerful earthquake in chile. the latest on the victims, the damage as well as the winter storm. the third huge snowstorm to slam into the northeast. we'll get you results of the snow totals. [ sneezin]
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at a quarter past the hour, we continue to follow this breaking news out of chile where at least 70 people have been killed by an earthquake that struck overnight 200 miles southwest of santiago. this quake has set off a tsunami, a huge wave in fact has really reached a populated area in the robinson caruso islands. hawaii is now under a tsunami warning and wide areas of the south pacific including asia, australia, all bracing for a
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tsunami at this hour. reaction to this quake is pouring in on the web. christina brown has some new reaction. tweets and the rest of it. good morning. >> good morning, alex. it's amazing to see how people are turning to these social networking sites to give us an idea what they're dealing with on the ground and the various locations affected by this earthquake. this earthquake was found about a thousand miles away in argentina. people both in chile and argentina have been going online via twitter and e-mail letting us know what they're seeing, what they're feeling. get this. former "american idol" finalist elliott nemin is in chilly and tweeted, complete and utder chaos on the streets, my heart is beating out of my chest. tsunami warning. i am only a mile inland. i swear i thought this was the end of my life. one viewer tweeted me directly. he said we are on alert around 11:00 a.m. here for a tsunami to
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hit. also another message from chile. marcosko tweets no light, no telephone, no internet but everything is okay at home. then andy writes i am in the la raina/lass condis area of santiago. it's okay on our few street, lasted about two minutes. it's 4:30 now and roads mad with traffic and everyone nout the streets fearing aftershocks. then pablo marambio, a professor in santiago says this is a massive earthquake since 1986 and the cities resisted well and communications by internet 3-g are fine but not mobile phones yet. santiago seems quiet with a brilliant moon. that tweet coming in a few hours ago. then in argentina, diego says we have also been shaken at this side of the andes in argentina.
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we could feel it for one minute and again after ten minutes. there was no panic, but i guess this is the strongest we have had in many year. if you have any news or thoughts you want to share, you can find me on twitter at brownchristina. let me know what you're seeing, what your feeling. amazing to get this perspective as we see these images and we know the devastation that must be going on. many people turning to twitter, turning to e-mail to let the world know. >> yeah, absolutely. and people are also tweeting me at alex witt. there were cars driving across the bridge in the background in chile that were in the shot in the collapsed bridge in the foreground. is that safe? a very good point. let's hope that local officials have a handle on that right now. we'll also get more on the other big story affecting others in the northeast. power outages, massive travel delays after the third of three
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23 past the hour. this breaking news, at least 78 people are dead after a powerful 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck the country of chile overnight. there are reports of serious damage in the historic areas of santiago and concepcion. add to that hawaii, which is now under a tsunami warning following this massive quake. the pacific tsunami warning center said a tsunami has been genera generated. that could cause damage along all the islands in the united states. the snowbound northeast is digging out once again following its third major blizzard in a month. this storm packed hurricane-force winds knocking out power to more than a million customers. you're looking at monroe, new york. that's about 60 miles or so north of new york city. that area got 31 inches of
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shovelable snow. the snow total in new york's central park 21 inches. this makes february the snowiest month in the city's history. a busy day in the skies as travelers from more than a thousand canceled flights are heading to the airports to try to get on their flights to get to their final destinations. rehema ellis is live for us in central park. you spent the entire day there yesterday talking about the snow. let's get your perspective on things this morning. >> reporter: well, good morning, alex. you know, it was such a report snowfall. they're measuring it in feet, as you point out, not just in inches. it is all very pretty, but also somewhat of a burden, making life difficult for millions. it's the fourth major snowstorm in a month, and one more storm the region didn't need. across the new york area, people struggled to keep up with the falling snow. in the northern regions, heavy
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snowfall took out power lines across the northeast, leaving more than a million without electricity. travel was treacherous. a 20-mile stretch of i-84 was at a standstill for hours, stranding hundreds of motorists in their cars. >> we haven't moved an inch, and it's a little over 15 hours now. >> on a weather day like this, you never know what to expect. you always have to be open for everything. >> the major airlines were in business, but more than a thousand flights were canceled at new york and new jersey's three airports. in hampton, new hampshire, firefighters continued at the scene of a blaze fueled by wind gusting up to 60 miles per hour. the fire destroyed an entire block. no one was injured. all of this weather comes at a huge cost for cash-strapped towns, even cities with snow removal butdgets in the million. >> we anticipated spending $11.5 million. now with this storm we'll easily go over $15 million. >> despite the pile-up of winter
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woes, some still make the best of it. back here in new york, more than a million new york city school kids got a head start on the weekend. >> like two weeks long. >> for the fourth time in six years new york city public schools were closed. and today it's all about the cleanup. but with these record snowfall amounts we've had, it could take some folks days to get back to normal. alex? >> okay. days indeed. but the kids are loving it for the weekend. that's for sure. rehema ellis, thank you so much. >> yeah, they sure are. >> we'll get back to breaking news. a deadly and powerful earthquake in chile. we're seeing new video of the damage. we'll bring you startling pictures when we return. announcer: trying to be good to your heart? so is campbell's healthy request soup. low in fat and cholesterol, heart healthy levels of sodium,
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at half past the hour, this breaking news out of south america this morning, where a massive earthquake has struck chile. an 8.8 magnitude quake. it struck overnight killing at least 78 people. now, one chilean official says the death toll will continue to rise. this massive earthquake hit about 200 miles southwest of the capital santiago. the epicenter was just 70 miles from the country's second largest city, that being concepcion. hawaii is now under a tsunami warning. the pacific tsunami warning center says that there's an advisory for the coastal areas of california and the coastal
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areas of alaska exist. joining me is a marine scientist and author who has written extensively on ocean science and that would include tsunamis. good morning to you, dr. prager. >> good morning, alex. >> how concerned are you about the coast of hawaii at this point and other areas, easter island, the juan fernandez islands also known as robinson caruso. what kind of tsunami are we talking about here? >> it is very hard to predict the height at this point because things along the way, as the wave moves across the ocean are going to determine the height. but i think the people who model this have shown they are expecting a tsunami. we can't say how high it is going to be. they have to take the threat very seriously. >> what kind of damage, though, could we be seeing? when you look at the distance. let's look at hawaii right now. does a tsunami increase in velocity, increase in intensity as it travels across the ocean
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or does it decrease as it travels? >> well, that's a great question that people are always wondering. what happens in a tsunami is they travel very fast. but oceans, almost at the speed of a jet airplane. but when they approach the shore and the water shallows, what happens is they begin to feel the bottom and bunch up. and that's when we start to see the rise in height of the waves. but they actually slow down when they hit that shallow water because of the friction from the bottom, essentially, you can think of it like that, slows it down. the thing is when they hit the shore, you can think about them going as maybe 30 miles per hour. but people can't run from 30 miles per hour. so the thing is you have to take it seriously because even a relatively -- even if you're just talking five to ten feet, 30 miles an hour, that could do extensive damage. >> dr. prager, we have to
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distinguish from what we see in a hollywood disaster movie where you see one huge wave coming and then it hits the shore. a tsunami can have multiple waves, correct, they keep on coming for an extended period of time? >> that's correct. you typically, you know, not usual, but typically a tsunami is a series of waves. they can actually happen hours apart. so it's very important for people to recognize if a wave does hit, not to go out after that first wave but wait until the local authorities tell them that it is safe. >> okay. the hawaiian islands are supposed to issue some sort of a siren at 6:00 a.m. does this go across all seven of the islands? >> i'm not sure how -- you know, what the distribution of the warning will be. clearly, they will do it on the coast. i suspect the areas in the region will be the southern and eastern regions of the island, because they seem to be most
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vulnerable. tsunamis do weird things. you have to be careful on small islands because they can travel around the islands and converge behind them. the good thing is that scientists now have models. they can do a much better job of looking at what areas are most at risk and making that call. but i'm sure you never want to be too conservative about that. i'm sure they're going to send the warning out to any area that is even at the slightest bit of risk really. >> and dr. prager, what is it that you are most concerned about? is it just general flooding in the region or it is literally people being swept out to sea? >> i think people have to be worried about both. because again we don't know what the extent of the tsunami is going to be. but you've got to worry about flooding and also the other thing to remember is the most dangerous part about this is after the waves hit the shore, you get that water inkurzing in,
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and you get those pictures from the tsunami of the water sweeping back out to the ocean with very powerful currents that you have to worry about. >> dr. ellen prager, thank you for joining us with the details on what a tsunami is about. appreciate that. we'll move to london. michelle kosinski is live there. with all the building damage that we're seeing. this is from vina del mar. >> it looks like i'm looking away from the camera, i'm actually seeing the pictures at the same time you're seeing them come in. we are seeing more of the damage. especially with light. we figured out that this happened local time in santiago at 3:34 in the morning. so that's -- oh, now i'm going to confuse myself by trying to compare it to eastern time.
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so we should just know that local time in chile, it was 3:30 in the morning. it did happen in the middle of the night. it took a while for us to see these pictures coming in, not just from the capital of santiago but from the outlying areas. we're seeing the damage and hearing reports of serious and extensive damage. that's how it's being described. buildings down. but there's not really a description at this point of scale. you know, in haiti we heard at one point, you know, 50% of buildings in this area are collapsed. we're not getting any kind of a scope at this point from santiago where the pictures and reporter are coming from. and from the outlining areas that could be more heavily damaged. we just don't know about those places at this point yet. but there does seem to be a good flow of information coming out of chile, especially on the internet which has become the case after disasters like this. and television pictures showing us buildings damaged in parts,
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some of them totally. we know there's a two-story parking garage that collapsed. apparently did not cause any fatalities in that area. there was a highway bridge that collapsed. there was a bridge over a river that apparently is split in two according to reports, but that bridge had been closed for some years averting possibly some disaster there. but over the years, chile has experienced so many strong earthquakes. there's a strong one over magnitude 7 just in 2007. actually two very strong earthquake that year. do we remember them? not necessarily, we don't even have pictures readily available at our fingertips to see what kind of damage those earthquakes caused. but because it is such a seismically active place, some scientists have described chile as the most seismically intense country on the planet. they're used to these things. and they've started putting regulations into place for their building codes beginning in the
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1920s. that possibly helped us from seeing such devastation as we saw in haiti in this instance. because this is an 8.8 magnitude quake. hard to imagine a quake like this in a more densely populated area, alex. >> you know what, michelle, i'm going to address this time issue. i've been getting a lot of e-mails from within the nbc networks, a lot of our correspondents and producers. i want to mention pretty succinctly a tweet, only 140 areas. douglas writes south american time is situated east of north american. chilly -- chilly time varies from new york to two hours ahead due to daylight savings time shifting. just sort of logically tell you that you think longitudinally right around where mountain time would be here in the united states. if you just draw a direct line southward, and that would be two
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hours behind. you and i were talking about the confusion there. i'll go with the reports you gave us. it happened about 3:34 a.m. local time, 1:34 a.m. here new york time. so be that as it may, that's the time we're going to stay with here on msnbc. thank you very much for the extensive reporting. we'll speak with you again no doubt. still ahead for all of you, we'll have more on the deadly earthquake in chile. [ female announcer ] olay total effects has 7 powerful skin benefits that brighten, hydrate, smooth, even tone, reduce the look of lines and pores, and lock in moisture. 7-in-1 olay total effects.
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feeling this quake as well. it happened at 3:34 local time. that's 1:34 a.m. here in the new york city area. look at this. we're getting the daylight pictures now of the aftermath. look at these concrete structures split apart there as a result of this quake. i have one seismologists on earlier with me that says there will be about a ten-foot shift now in the tectonic plates. people standing there almost waist high, the adjustment there of that concrete pretty dramatic. the good news is perhaps the time of day at which this happened. you think not too many people out on the roads in middle of the night. 3:30 in the morning, although it was pointed out earlier on our broadcast by those familiar with the chilean lifestyle, a lot of people will stay out late. it was a friday night into a saturday morning. lots of nightclubs open. but nonetheless, we're seeing -- don't be driving on that road. look at that video right there. i'm joined on the phone by jen
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ross, a foreign correspondent based in chile. she was in santiago, remains there right now. good morning to you. i know you felt this quake. describe what happened. >> oh, who didn't? it was 7 point 5 in santiago. 3:30 in the morning the starts shaking. it was very strong. my husband sat up and said, it's an earthquake. i ran to my daughter's room. she's just under 2 years old. and we know because we've been -- we've heard about this living in chile, about what to do during an earthquake many times. and you're supposed to basically try to get away from glass and stand in a doorway. so i grabbed my daughter to get her away from the windows because the windows, the glass can break and the shattered glass can be more damaging than the actual -- the quake itself. so we stood in the door frame and saw the shaking and heard everything breaking around us,
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decorations falling on the floor and off the walls and everything. >> that's pretty terrifying. that would suggest there was a fair amount of time to get in your bedroom to your daughter and scoop her up and stand in the doorway. give me a sense of how long this lasted? >> the actual shaking was almost three minutes. it was quite long. the good thing was it started slowly, then became strong. so by the time i actually had my daughter and we were in the doorway, it was very strong. but when i got to her room, i still wasn't sure if i was going to wake her up or not. then it got stronger. so there was a little bit of lead time going into it. >> 7.5 as opposed to 8.8 at the epicenter 220 miles away or so there. about 70 miles from concepcion. talk about just standing up there. were you able to still stand? were you riding it almost like you would a surfboard? was it that violent. >> no.
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>> or were you able to sort of back up against a wall? >> we were backed up against the doorframe, yeah. and the wall, actually, i had a hard time opening my door to get to my daughter's room at first. i wasn't sure if it was open or not because of the shaking. and so when i got into her room and we nrp the doorframe, you could feel the building moving, you could feel the walls moving when you were in the door frame. and you could feel that there was something going on on the floor. but it didn't feel like a surfboard. it just felt like there was movement happening. so yeah, it's difficult to describe, but it was more because of the sound around us as well with everything breaking and the door rattling and the windows all open because of the shifting, everything just the doors now don't shut properly because even the frames all got adjusted a little bit. so luckily buildings here are built very well.
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they're built to withstand earthquakes. and so -- but the most part, the structures, if you look outside, everything looks fine. it looks in place in santiago, at least. there are some buildings that have collapsed. but those tend to be older buildings or even very new buildings that perhaps weren't fully constructed yet. so luckily the damage here hasn't been as bad as what you are seeing in the south. >> yeah. so jen, that means that earthquake building codes are very much in effect there given the results of this being a place -- and as we've been reporting and i'm sure you know, back in 1960, chile experienced the world's -- i mean, the world's worst earthquake since everything has been recorded in 1900 at 9.5. >> 1960. >> yes. >> 1500 plus people were killed in that one. since then, it would seem that the earthquake building standards are very much up to code. can you talk about what's inside
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of your particular home? i mean, there's going to be a lot of minor -- can we call it minor damage that's going to need to be replaced and that will be all over and pervasive throughout the community. >> yes. we live in an apartment building which has 25 floors. we live on the sixth floor. luckily for us that movement wasn't as bad as the movement for the people who live on the very top. what you can see in our own apartment building, while, of course, things that fell off of walls and off of shelves, but structurally, you can see cracks in the wall going down in a number of places. and outside in the hall going up and down the staircases, still no electricity. we have to walk instead of taking an elevator. there are chunks of cement that have fallen from different pieces. some of them quite thick. so it was strong enough to dislodge cement blocks in some places.
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and, of course, the concierge are telling us on the top floors, the damage is quite extensive because they get the most -- the bulk of the movement. >> i notice summer there in chile, which means a lot of people are down at the beach area. >> yeah. >> do you know anything about tsunami warnings for those along the beach and also what is the sense that the population in santiago is gone and will have this to return to when they're back from vacation? >> in fact this weekend is a weekend when most people come back from vacation because the big summer months, vacation months end in february and school starts back on monday. so there is a huge, you know, exodus of people from the coast over the weekend, but a lot of them weren't leaving until sunday. so there are still a number of people there who are going to be trying to get into santiago. they've already shut down all public transportation as well as
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buses to and from the cities because of the -- i mean, the holes in the streets and because of the insecurity about how to get to and from, without proper communication. so there is a number of people who are on the coast and, of course, santiago is not a coastal city. so we don't have to worry about a tsunami here. but chile has 4,000 kilometers coastline that comprise a number of small towns right on the water. and they are trained, of course, that when there is an earthquake, they have to head for the hills. so there are many people across that's been leaving their homes and heading up to higher ground. here there could be a tsunami. of course we've heard reports here and heard some over the radio, waves 6 to 7 meters high
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and some towns have been evacuated including companies to concepcion. the military here says that the tsunami warnings, there is no risk of tsunami along the mainland, but there is -- there are reportses of a tsunami hitting the island of juan fernandez and high tsunami warning for the south pacific where the island of easter island which belongs to chile is now at risk. >> we are very much keeping an eye on that. we want to thank you very much jen ross, a foreign correspondent base there'd in santiago, for your eyewitness account. best of luck getting through this with your husband and daughter. >> thanks. >> still ahead, affecting millions in the northeast, those power outages and the travel delays after a very powerful snowstorm. hi, i'm catherine. as a real estate agent, i use febreze to prep my houses for sale. febreze fabric refresher is an essential component of my toolkit. when a house smells good, it gives a very positive impression on homebuyers.
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developing news now, the northeast digging out from historic snowfall. residents in new york spent their day shoveling outside of their homes. if you have anywhere to go today, it might take a little while. the cars are completely buried
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in this storm. crews along the northeast are working to restore power to more than a million homes and businesses. crews are dealing with downed trees and fallen utility poles. this causing huge problems for air travelers. a thousand flights were cancelled in boston, philadelphia and the new york area. the latest on the storm and the weekend forecast, let's go to ginger zee. ginger? >> the fourth largest snowstorm in central park's history now being kind of forgotten about. and it actually is dying as you look at the winter radar here. the picture, not as impressive. it will continue to swirl and get a lot of folks some snow showers. but this is going to be only one to three inches on top of what you had. those snow totals were so impressive. 20.9 at central park. other places going to be rainy. there in florida, as you see. the center of the nation going to see plenty of sunshine. looking for extreme
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thunderstorms and rain in l.a. sacramento, that storm still affecting them. get a look at your sunday just ahead. we'll get peeks of sunshine behind the storm as it finally moves out in the northeast. keep the sun in the southeast and move those storms right through the rockies. the next big storm looks to be coming to the northeast by the time we reach our wednesday. >> ginger zee, thank you so much for that. weather channel meteorologist mike seidel is there in stamford, new york, as the car just went by in the catskills there. there's a lot behind you. >> our crews have never seen this much. they've had four feet of snow, alex. we had two storms monday night, then the big one. it's piled everywhere. hunter mountain that well known ski resort north of new york city in the southern part of the catskills. they came in with 60 inches of snow this week. that's 5 1/2 feet of snow. we're going to get an inch or
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two here and there, but the temperatures are getting up close to 30. with the higher sun angle, it is almost the 1st of march, it does a number on the roads. looking at highway 23, it is nice and wet. the problem is digging out. the issue we did have here is the snow was very powdery. the power's on, it's nice and toasty inside. i saw this sign this morning. and i couldn't resist. i think o lot of nus the northeast, the mid-atlantic would like this winter to quickly come to a dead end. back to you. >> all right. you know what? that's too good. i'm not even going to go with questions. mike seidel, we all share the sentiment. still ahead, more on the deadly and extremely powerful earthquake in chile. my muscles feel like they've been pounded...
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♪ at 9:00 here on the east coast, 6:00 a.m. out on the west. most notably 11:00 in the morning in concepcion, chile. 200 miles south of the capital
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